There is much misinformation about the kinds of political activities in which nonprofit organizations can legitimately engage. It is important to separate fact from fiction. It is entirely appropriate for nonprofits to “educate” elected officials. In its broadest sense it simply means informing legislators about your organization and the issues that concern you. The First Amendment to the Constitution affirms the right of citizens to petition the government and for profit, business, issue-oriented groups and nonprofit agencies share in this right.
The creation of public policy involves sharing of information and viewpoints with elected and non-elected officials at all levels of government. Since you probably know more about the issues of concern to you, your family or your organization than most elected officials, sharing your knowledge with them is a useful way to contribute to the political process. Given that elected officials must respond to those they represent to stay in office, it is constituents who often have significant impact on public policy.
Remember, if you do not reach out to educate your elected officials on things of importance to you, those who are opposed to your perspective certainly will!
For information about the North Carolina General Assembly, please visit: http://www.ncleg.net/
To contact your local representative’s office in your area, please visit: http://www.ncleg.net/representation/whorepresentsme.aspx
From the Southwestern Commission that has all the elected officials from the seven counties that RAPC serves: Contact-Directory-of-Elected-Officials-in-Region-A